All in all, there is now four Olympic gold in the Long Ma Showcase, a feat that has never been seen before in the history of table tennis.
After building the fame, Long Ma said, “I feel like I’m dreaming.”
The Chinese table tennis star seemed to be in an illusion even after the match. Long Ma won gold for the second time in the boys’ singles as the first TT player in the history of the Olympics. Long Ma lost to teammate Fan Zendong 4-2 in the final in Tokyo today.
Earlier, the 2012 London Olympics and Long Mar played a big role in winning team gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Long Ma also won the gold medal in the boys’ singles at the latest Rio Olympics.
The fight in the final was quite frozen. Experienced Long Ma’s every forehand shot was great. He has proved well today how to win a match even under pressure.
Long Ma easily won the first set by 11-4 points. Then Fan won the second set by 12-10 points. The match returned to parity. However, He won the third and fourth sets again, 11-7 and 11-9 points respectively. Fan, the 2014 Youth Olympics champion, then won the fifth set 11-3. After that, Long Ma won the last set by 11-6 points and smiled goldenly.
In an interview after the match, He said, “It was not an easy path to get here. Especially in the last few years, I have worked hard.”
Whenever a player from his own country got an opponent in the final, He realized that the match would not be easy, “Playing against a peer is very stressful. I have to fight enough. I can only beat him when I play my best.”
This year’s Olympic Games were full of excitement, at least Ma thought, “This competition was thrilling. Two semi-finals, a bronze medal match, and a final ….think this game was one of the most exciting tournaments in this year’s Olympics.”